chicken sampler plate at chez ali at city foundry stl photo by izaiah johnson

Eat this chicken sampler plate at Chez Ali at City Foundry STL

Chef Alioun “Ali” Thiam moved to the U.S. in 1999 and lived in New York City until 2013. After moving to St. Louis and cooking at Chez Mathy, Thiam has brought his superb Senegalese cuisine to Chez Ali at the City Foundry STL. Though his menu changes often, staples like curry chicken, jollof rice, steamed cabbage and fried plantains are usually available. Try as much as possible by getting the chicken sampler plate, which, depending on when you go, should come with curry chicken and jerk chicken, as well as sides like rice and steamed cabbage. (Definitely add plantains.) If you’re lucky, you may show up on a day when the fabled yassa chicken is on the menu, which you should order immediately and in large quantities.

For more of our pro tips, check out our list of what to order from each spot at City Foundry STL.